Snowbird Trip Diary:
RV Trail New York to Florida
Jonestown, PA to Donegal, PA
Day 4 - On the Road in Mid-
Today we left the land of broasted chicken and turned West
onto I-76, (take I-81, Exit 52), the PA Turnpike. It slices right through the middle
of Pennsylvania, through a small slice of West Virginia, to Ohio, There are definitely some pros and cons
to this route.
For the most part it is a very smooth 4 and 6 lane blacktop
expressway. The scenery is great, especially at this time of
year when we reached the mountainous center part of the State.
On the other hand, there is a lot of construction going on to
update the bridges and roads. There are also 4 tunnels through
the mountains on this route and they were not popular at all
with Niki and K.C. The biggest surprises though were the
clearances under the older bridges. That is something we kinda
have too pay attention too. "Bertha" is a tad over 13' tall on
her bare tires, and when we first saw signs telling us the short
sides of some of the bridges was 12' 6", it did get our
attention! Thankfully we saw each of them in time and switched
to the speedy lanes which offered better clearances. The
standard clearance varies some from State to State but a minimum
clearance of 13' 6" is pretty much the average, Nationwide.
Otherwise they post signs. We have the Trucker's Atlas which
does list the low bridges by routes, (but Jack just took it for
granted that an Interstate would have good clearance bridges).
Another lesson learned!
I forgot to mention that we started out in overcast, gray and
misty conditions and when we came out of the second tunnel, the
sky was blue and the sun was out, shining on the peak leaf
colors in the mountains and valleys of Central PA. It was really
an amazing happening and such a change from one side of a
mountain to the other!
Wednesday night finds us at DONEGAL
CAMPGROUND, Donegal, PA
(Map I - Point D I-76, Exit 91). $32.95/Night, FHU.
179 miles from Jonestown, PA. A very quiet setting in a forest
of oak trees. No other transients here so we have it to
ourselves. The sites are somewhat close together so it probably
really gets loud and rocking on Saturday nights in July and
August. No rain, the sun is shining, and we have a window open.
Cable TV works well here and we are looking
forward to tonight's Presidential debate.
Tomorrow, Thursday, we move onward to Zanesville, Ohio for two nights.
On the sunny road,
Niki, Jack, and K.C.
p.s. A couple of our friends have written to ask what the "Watergate" dish is from our
previous note. It is a dessert made of lime jello with cool
whip, little marshmallows, and nuts. Rather tasty for a green
Regarding our survey: So far we have found that all 3
campgrounds have had trouble with speeders and their main
deterrent was to chase the culprits down and "talk" to them. All
would like and answer to the problem.
Good Fuel Stops:
Flying J Exit 70, 25 miles West after Donegal
I-76 Tunnel through the mountain
(Please excuse our error. Donegal Campground is
in PA and not in NY as labeled in our photos)